The older I get, the more I like Earth
It's the perfect spaceship for zooming through the universe. We just need to improve our instruments.
6 posts • joined 13 Jul 2016
"Oracle have more of a wisp than a cloud, a little puff that they'd like their customers to fund the growth of. Gartner slammed them the other day, and Specsavers press statement can't have helped. It'll be a miracle if Oracle manage to grow in this space without strongarming existing customers onto the platform."
Specsavers is a great Oracle customer. We appreciate their ERP business and the fact that they are rolling out on OCH globally. I don't believe that the world of IT is moving in the direction of a single cloud provider, nor do I believe that AWS is the first company in the history of IT to be immune to disruption. Customers will make decisions about where they feel various workloads will be best served. Based on our financial results that were released today, many customers are making the choice to leverage our SaaS and PaaS offerings. Those have always dragged a measure of our IaaS, but the area to watch this year is our relatively new IaaS offering. Personally, I enjoy being underestimated, and welcome the challenge of out-innovating incumbents. Time will tell if our strategy is sound. So far it is looking very, very good.
"My condolences on your employment situation."
Oh my, please don't waste them on me. I have been blessed beyond any of my wildest dreams by just about any measure. I appreciate the kind intent behind your words, but seriously...my life exceeded my expectations a long time ago, and my current gig is a dream come true. Warm regards, and thanks again for your thoughts and prayers.
Is it irrational to partner with a company that seeks to put you out of business? I think an increasing number of companies will come to the conclusion that supporting Amazon directly and indirectly is counterproductive. Full disclosure: I work for Oracle and have a decidedly biased point of view. Need cloud, but have misgivings about Amazon? Talk to us about what we offer today and what's right around the corner. You have alternatives and your choices are getting richer every day.
We all know that the mega-trend is "cloud". Increasingly, the decision about storage platforms is being taken out of the hands of the infrastructure teams that have historically cared about what Pure offers. IT leaders want to know how a service can be delivered, They care as much about the storage array as I care about the brand of spark plugs in my car. (Not at all.) The IT professionals who care about storage need to learn new skills or they will increasingly become marginalized. This poses a problem for a company that only sells storage. EMC, the largest storage company, has given up that fight. Companies like Pure can grow for a while, but they are living off of the carcass of a giant dead animal. Individuals will make money along the way, but anyone who thinks there is any such thing as a storage array that will change the world is not being honest with themselves.
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